KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs were inches away from playing in the Super Bowl a year ago and, to many in their locker room, the sting of that overtime loss to New England has served as motivation to return to the AFC title game this season.
Now, after everything fell their way Sunday, the Chiefs need just one win to get there.
Their routine victory over the Los Angeles Chargers went down just as the Patriots were losing to the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, giving the Chiefs the No. 2 seed in the AFC. That means they get the week off while the Patriots are forced to play a wild-card game, and ensures a divisional-round game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium the next weekend.